LEAP Welcomes Back Students (And Faculty, Too)

By Jessica Northam

To kick off to the semester the LEAP Center opened up its doors to incoming freshman, transfer and current students to come by and see what LEAP is all about. With about roughly 70 students throughout the night, we enjoyed delicious ice cream, cookies, sweet tea, and the chance to see school friends again.


In preparation, we set up The Holcombe Room with decorations, a prize wheel…

Brian Aldaco As Pat Sajak
Brian Aldaco As Pat Sajak

…and, of course, ice cream and other snacks and refreshments.

As might be expected with free food on campus, there was a line awaiting the open of the event.  Later, we would have a packed house.


We were happy to note that, in addition to many students…

Alexis Gordon and Alex Galvan
Alexis Gordon and Alex Galvan

…Dean Zink, Dean Nardone, Dr. Waggener, Dr. Mahoney, Dr. Svenson, Dr. Bittick, Dr. Enia. Dr. Haase, Dr. Wang, Dr. Evans,  Kristin Trojacek, Belinda Myers, Deanna Briones, and Jennifer Knapp all attended as well.


Although folks seemed to enjoy the prizes, the t-shirts were definitely the most wished for. But even after the prizes were gone, many of the students hung around, catching up on their summer activities and their plans for the fall.


We hope that some of those plans will involve LEAP Center events, the dates for which were provided at the ice-cream social.  For those of you who missed it, here’s a calendar for the next month or so:

  • September 12, 19, 26, and October 3: heART of Huntsville
  • September 14 (4:30-6:00): LEAP Open House (LSC Art Gallery)
  • September 20 (2:30-3:45): Legislative Staff Panel
  • September 21 (6:00-7:15pm): Pre-Law Society Meeting
  • September 30 (6:00-8:30): Walter Brennan/John Wayne Film Festival
  • October 8 (9am-1:30pm): Mock LSAT



Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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